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Umbellularia californica (california laurel)
Umbellularia californica (california laurel)

Umbellularia californica (california laurel)

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California Bay 

A tree that can reach up to 50 feet tall.  White flowers bloom in the spring.  This tree releases terpenes that kill of competing plants.  This tree can be potted or is great for bank stabilization or to be used as hedges.  It is great for cooking and the roasted nuts are delicious!

Plant with: California Wild Grape (Vitis californica) is said to work well in the understory. Compatible trees/shrubs include Madrone(Arbutus menziesii), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), Ceanothus sp., California Coffeeberry (Frangula californica), Silk Tassel (Garrya elliptica or fremontii), Tanoak(Notholithocarpus densiflorus), Yellow Pine (Pinus ponderosa), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Oak (Quercus sp.), and Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

- Plant in full sun to part shade

- Drought tolerant

- Deer resistent 

- Attracts butterflies

- Hardy to 10 degrees

- Native to California